Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Another Pup and a Little Quilt Experimenting

 This summer we added another furry buddy to our family. The new guy is Duncan and the big guy is Angus. They are fast friends and related from the same breeding program out of White Fence Farm Goldens in Hastings MN. The little guy is actually Angus's uncle.
They are water dogs and mud dogs. Fortunately the mud falls off if given a chance to dry before coming inside. Angus has gone to work with my guy this summer and been such a good boy. He loves my guy.

Duncan has been a mascot at the Gallery & Gifts this summer by going to work with me since he's too little to be hanging out all day at home in a kennel. He's met many people and had a chance to go to the dog park and met some dog friends.

 This summer has given me precious little time to complete everything I need to such as the garden and quilting.
 I did manage to create these runners that sold so fast I barely got to enjoy them.
 I'm super thrilled with how they came together and I look forward to creating more this winter.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dogs and Puppies

 This past November we added to our furry household. Please welcome Angus. Our Angus is now a well adjusted 10 month old and July 18th we are adding a second golden puppy to our family. His name will probably be Duncan. The new pup will also be a light colored golden and from a breeder in MN that Angus' mother came from. He's a sweet boy and we worked him to make sure he was that way.

At the same time we added Angus we also added Charlie a black and white female cat that had been abandoned and found our greenhouse last summer and hung out there until we decided she needed to come inside with us.
Charlie and Angus are best buds and I hope Duncan will be a good little brother to both.

Saying this I've tried very hard to keep up with my longarm quilting, customer work, and things for the Gallery & Gifts for me to sell. It's been tough and a bit exhausting with all of the walking and potty breaks for a puppy.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Season Opening of Gallery & Gifts on 2nd

Friday May 26th 2017 is the opening of Gallery & Gifts on 2nd in Hayward WI. This is a sneak peek of my corner of the gallery and I'm so happy to have been asked to join in on this venture. I hope that if you are in our area, you will take the time to see all of the wonderful original art for sale in the shop. There are paintings, cards, framed art, pottery, jewelry, bags, pillows, and so many small items to see. Crafts, gifts, art, and just fun stuff.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pyxis Nautica Completed

The silk vintage compass is totally finished. I've named it Pyxis Nautica which means "the nautical box". It has little blue crystals in the flower heads along the curved inner sashing. It's quilted using minimal marking for the curved mirrored spins in the cream background, chalking for the piano key outer border, and ruler work. Nothing complicated, just stretch to fill for the feathering. A little trick I use after quilting the first row is I take a photo that I can look at when I get to the last row, so I quilt them the same. It's been blocked and now rolled on a long fabric covered tube until it will be shown at a show.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One Step Closer to Finished

Hot off the presses! The quilting is finished and marks are about to be removed. When the marks are removed, it will be squared up and the binding and hanging sleeve will be attached. I may even add a few crystals for the center star. I'm pleased.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Little Bit Of Pressure aka Procrastination

The pressure is on.

This silk Vintage Compass is due next Tuesday to be photographed for a special exhibit at the MN quilt show this June. I slapped on some blue registration lines yesterday, loaded it, and decided, "JUST QUILT IT ALREADY". I really don't know why I do this to myself. But, I promise, it will be done.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Back to Kool Aid

 Hot water, stir stick, paper towel, clean bucket.
 4 Unsweetened Kool Aid packages into bucket
 Add 1/2 gallon boiling water, stir add wool fabric.
 Stir until water is almost clear. Dye is absorbed.
 Berry Blast
 Tried cotton cheesecloth. Didn't hold dye.
 Almost clear
Finished colors hanging to dye. Will not run or bleed. It's permanent.